Custom Marshmallow ROMs in development for Nexus 7 (2012) and Galaxy Nexus

by: Robert TriggsOctober 15, 2015


Unfortunately, not all the devices in the Nexus line-up have made the cut for an official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, but the developer community is already hard at work to bring Marshmallow to the older Nexus 7 (2012) tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Starting with the Nexus 7, Dmitry Grinberg, the same developer who recently pushed out a Marshmallow ROM for the Nexus 4, has uploaded a working AOSP ROM, although you’ll have to find a GAPPS package yourself. Everything appears to be working correctly, or at least not major bugs are listed, although the build is for the WiFi only version of the tablet, at least for now.

You can grab the package to make the build yourself, or download a flashable image or zip file from his website via this link.

moto x vs nexus 4 aa nexus 4 standingSee also: First Nexus 4 Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM already up6

Galaxy Nexus owners can thank XDA Forum user Ziyan for an experimental Marshmallow build that is currently in development. There appear to be a few bugs here, as the build is in the early stages. Video recordings crash and NFC is not working, and the developer doesn’t recommend it as a daily driver just yet.

If you’re the adventurous type, you can grab the experiment flashable zip file from the download page here. Installation instructions and build notes can be found under the discussions tab.

  • jegormeister

    Nice! What about N10?

  • Leandro Brandão

    Galaxy nexus doesn’t even have stable kitkat custom roms, i don’t know why bother with marshmallow.

    • Haik

      Exactly ! and I am talking from my experience.
      Just let that device rest in peace already, I say :D

      • Leandro Brandão

        i had one long time ago, for me even official 4.3 was horrible. i downgraded the device to 4.1 i think and stayed that way until i sold it.

    • ashutos jain

      I used M. Stable and fast.

    • Singkawang

      Cyanogen have official Galaxy Nexus kitkat and very stable.
      My Galaxy Nexus (i9250) & Galaxy S3 (i9300) both use official Cyanogen KitKat.

  • Android Developer

    Anyone tried them ?

  • Chuck Jones

    Anyone try it yet, does it work?